Francis Pickering

Francis Pickering

Francis directs WestCOG’s staff and represents the region to partners, including state and federal agencies. Prior to joining WestCOG, he served as Deputy Director at the Central Connecticut Regional Planning Agency…

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Mirna Martinez

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Mirna Martinez is the Executive Director of The Southeastern Connecticut Community Land Trust. She is a teacher by training.  From this perspective, she likes to think about the multiple societal…

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Tyra Penn-Gesek

Tyra Penn-Gesek

Tyra Penn-Gesek is the Director of Planning & Development for the Town of Thompson. Since coming onboard in 2019, she has guided the Town’s Planning & Zoning Commission and was the primary…

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Rebecca Augur

Rebecca Augur

Ms. Augur has over 20 years of experience as a municipal, regional and consulting planner in Connecticut. Prior to joining OPM, she served as the Director of Community Development for…

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Kaleb Garrett

Kaleb Garrett

Kaleb Garrett is the founder of the Circle. The Circle is a group of Indigenous leaders throughout the state of Connecticut who share the mission to provide care through programming…

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John Guszkowski

John Guszkowski

John Guszkowski is the Co-Founder and Principal of the Tyche Planning & Policy Group, based in Vernon, CT. John holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Fairfield University and a Master’s Degree…

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Commissioner Katie S. Dykes

Katie S. Dykes

Katie Dykes is the Commissioner of Connecticut’s Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP). She has served since 2019, when she was first nominated by Governor Ned Lamont, and was…

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Commissioner Bryan P. Hurlburt

Bryan Hurlburt

Governor Ned Lamont appointed Bryan P. Hurlburt the 20th Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Agriculture in March 2019. Commissioner Hurlburt oversees the department operations and is responsible for programs regarding…

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Binu Chandy

Binu Chandy

Binu Chandy is the Director of the Office of Brownfield Remediation & Development (OBRD) at the CT Department of Economic & Community Development (DECD). As the Director, she is in…

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Ashley Stewart

Ashley Stewart is a Connecticut native that has dedicated her career to improving the environmental and social condition of Black urban communities in the State. Ashley is an environmental engineer,…

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Connie Manes

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Connie Manes provides organizational consulting services to nonprofit conservation organizations throughout the northeast, with a focus on Land Trust Standards & Practices and Land Trust Accreditation. She is the Executive…

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